In this short guide, we will walk you through the basics of creating a simple split sheet agreement. Let's get started!
What is a split sheet agreement?
A split sheet agreement is a short document that lists all of the parties that are involved in the creation of a copyright and the percentage of that copyright that they each own. However, it does not state which of your collaborators can license your work or other critical details that would be covered in a premium split sheet. Split sheets are a simple and easy way to document ownership of your content and to avoid ownership disputes in the future. It’s particularly helpful to have this in place before you start earning income from your content.
How to create a split sheet agreement:
1) Login to your Cosynd account and click on "Create A New Agreement" on your dashboard.
2) Tell us what kind of copyright this split sheet will cover.
3) Provide the title of your copyright and choose a more specific copyright type.
Read more about work types:
4) Tell us who you have created your copyright with. Organize yourself and your collaborators into a new team or select an existing team you've worked with before.
Read more about teams and collaborators:
- What is a team?
- How do I create a new team?
- Who should I add to my team?
- How do I add a collaborator to my team?
- Can someone sign on behalf of a company?
- How do I change a collaborator's details?
5) Select "Split Sheet" from the choices below.
- What types of agreements can I create with Cosynd?
- How to create a premium split sheet agreement.
- How to create a work for hire agreement.
- How to create a producer agreement.
6) Give your split sheet a name.
7) Enter the information we need to complete your split sheet.
Click on each of your collaborator's names to enter the percentage of the copyright(s) that they will own as well as the type of ownership that they will have. The total of the splits must equal 100%.
- If you plan on working with a particular collaborator frequently you can assign a default split to them by checking the "default" box. By doing so, you won't have to enter this information again whenever you work with that collaborator.
- If you are creating this agreement for a musical composition and you would like to add a publisher, publisher share, or a performing rights society click on "Add a publisher/society."
- How do I add a publisher or society?
- What is a publisher?
- What is a publisher's share?
- What is a society?
8) Take a moment to review your proposed agreement and click on "Send" to send it off to your team for their review/input.
9) Your collaborators will review your split sheet and will be able to accept your splits or propose new ones. The next time you open your split sheet from your dashboard, you will see the following options:
- How do I propose changes to an agreement?
- How do I view all of the proposed changes to an agreement?
- How do I invite an attorney to review my agreement?
10) If there are no further changes, you will need to finalize your agreement so that your collaborators can sign it.
Click to allow you and your collaborators to sign the agreement. Once this happens, you will not be able to edit this agreement further.
11) Sign your agreement.
To sign your agreement, choose "Sign" as your status update.
12) Sign your name in the popup window that appears to add your signature to this agreement.
You can type your signature, draw your signature, or upload an image of your signature to sign your agreement. After signing, click on "Exit" to save your signature.
We recommend that you download your agreement by clicking on "Agreements" from the main menu after it has been fully signed - it will have all of the signatures, names, and addresses of your entire team. Agreements can be deleted if you accidentally delete a team or if one of your collaborators deletes the agreement, so you should download each one for your own records.